Featured in Decor & Design September Edition:
The warmer months are fast approaching and soon we’ll be spending much more time outdoors and enjoying our gardens. If you haven’t really been maintaining the garden through winter, it certainly is time to get it into shape for Spring. We asked the experts from Red Daffodil to share some top gardening tips to help us create a special Spring garden for 2020.
We’ve been blessed with heavy rains over the past few seasons and this means that our Cape dams are quickly filling up. As we approach summer we can therefore begin to plan joyous gardens rather than focusing on what we can save and what we need to let go without irrigation.
With all this water around its vital we make sure the plants are in a position to make use of it as they need nutrients to translate into new growth. Strong plants are also waterwise in the coming summer heat so it’s essential to beef them up now. Start by composting heavily in the beds and actively feed your roses, hydrangeas and lawns with organic fertilisers as these need extra. Pot plants have generally been severely neglected over winter so make sure to give them a boost of Biotrissol or Nitrosol liquid plant food plus a layer of compost.
Filling in gaps from the drought can finally be undertaken. Take note of what did well in the harsh times and make sure you plant more of them. Sticking to a limited palette can sound boring but makes your garden low maintenance and less fussy. Invest in flowering bulbs so you can have a great display later in the season and of course its time to start replenishing herb gardens with things like sweet basil and lettuces.
Trimming and pruning
Maybe winter was too cold to get out and tackle projects so it’s vital you get out there and make sure ornamental grasses have been cleaned up. Start by checking to see where you can lift tree canopies and prune out crossing branches, especially in citrus trees which need air movement through the canopy to fruit properly. Spring flowering fynbos like Confetti bushes and Proteas also benefit from a prune after the flowers fade to prevent them from becoming straggly.
Before the summer heat arrives it’s important to cover the soil with a layer of mulch. This will keep the sun from heating up bare patches, keep moisture in and stop the wind from carrying away your precious topsoil.
The warmer, moist weather brings out snails and other bugs so keep an eye out for any damage and treat quickly with organic products where possible. For example, Ferramol snail bait is a non-poisonous product that can be safely used in the garden.
Trees Stakes & Ties
Check that your stakes and ties are firm but not strangling your trees which are about to have a growth spurt and are at risk from strong summer winds.
If this has been off for a few months you may well need to service it and check that it is fully functional before the heat arrives.
Plant a Tree and Celebrate Spring
Planting a tree is an ideal Spring activity so you can take advantage of its shade in the coming months. Make sure it’s either a fruit tree whose crop you can enjoy, or an indigenous tree that provides sustenance and encourages birds and insects into your garden.
Red Daffodil offers an array of landscaping and garden maintenance services to ensure that your exterior spaces are beautiful, blooming and in great shape. Since 2002 they have been a family-run garden business providing top quality design, landscaping and garden maintenance services in Cape Town and the Western Cape. As they have grown they are proud to be working on new homes for many repeat clients, boutique hotels and guest houses plus exciting new office & retail developments.